The Human Rights Watch recently awarded the 2018 Alison Des Forges Award to Ivan Pavlov, who is a former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution with the Kennan Institute.

The Alison Des Forges Award honors individuals who put their lives on the line to protect the dignity and freedom of others. Ivan Pavlov, who is a human rights lawyer and activist in Russia, is being celebrated for his efforts to represent and defend those wrongfully accused of espionage and treason in Russia. He is also well-known for his advocacy for protecting the rule of law and ensuring public access to government information. 

Ivan Pavlov (J.D., Ph.D.) is the founder of the Freedom of Information Foundation, which the Russian government has categorized as a "foreign agent." He has served on the advisory council of the charity, Rights in Russia, and he is also the team leader at Team 29 - a group of human rights lawyers and journalists dedicated to representing and advising those unfairly accused by securtiy agencies of espionage and disclosure of state secrets. 

Read more about the award presentation here